Gus Dapperton - ORCA
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2020 Ratings: #664 / 694
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Based on 92 ratings
2020 Ratings: #1110
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September 18, 2020 / Release Date
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By dropping his guard, Dapperton has reinvented his usual slacker-pop to accommodate his raw emotions.


An artist stepping up musically, while also finding strength in his vulnerability.

The Line of Best Fit

Taking listeners in a new direction on his second full-length outing, Orca sees Gus Dapperton tackle strong themes of mental health struggles and finding acceptance in his most transparent and honest piece of work yet.

Slant Magazine

Like a fleeting Tik Tok video, Orca may be enjoyable in the moment, but it doesn’t have staying power.

Spectrum Culture
This is a pleasant, breezy album, perhaps not intentionally.

The Brooklyn songwriter’s self-produced second LP is an introduction to the psyche beneath the quirky bowl cut. But its self-imposed pop formulas and strained symbolism reveal little.


While Orca is bleaker and more depressing than Dapperton's previous work, it's emotionally hollow, with moments of both joy and despair only suggesting the outline of feelings they can't quite communicate.

What does it mean to be original?

It’s creating your own sound, utilizing that sound in a creative way, and presenting yourself as a new artist in the music scene. It’s being unique for the sake of doing what you want. For some reason, Gus Dapperton doesn’t fit any of this criteria, yet still makes his way into many a summer soundtrack.

His newest venture, I’ll admit, is a bit more fleshed-out than his debut record, which meandered into nothingness the more it played. ... read more
with his quirky edge and clever songwriting, dapperton releases a mediocre project;

gus’ raspy, clean performance is impressive.

the production is crisp; it’s pretty good..just bland. if the music were a color, it would accurately be gus’ hair on the album cover.

overall, this is an okay successor to polly people, and still a disappointment compared to his ‘yellow and such’ era.

the final half of “medicine” is tragically emotional and the album ... read more
The biggest sin this album commits is that it's not very original at all but c'mon, there's some really good material here, some of the production is quite listenable and really pleasant, Gus's vocals are very good whenever they don't sound annoying or grating, the whole vibe of this record is quite catchy and there's plenty of really good songwriting moments from him, in particular the track Medicine. With a little more drive and a lot more originality Gus could go a long way.

Best Tracks: ... read more
Ugh. Everytime I'm reminded of Gus Dapperton, I get a lil sad.

There is only a handful of artists which have let me down as much as Gus has. Starting in 2016, Gus progressively created quite an entertaining persona by getting some adorable indie-pop hits under his belt from "Moodna With Grace" to "Gum, Toe & Sole" and especially the infectious and unique hit, "Prune, You Talk Funny". Whilst, the EPs themselves left much to be desired, the pure youth exuding ... read more
The bedroom-indie-pop pioneer creates a clean, light sound of his brainchild in the first couples, but then he is faced with the big problem of many such artists - monotony. 'ORCA' is his second album, this monotony also did not pass by.
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Track List

  1. Bottle Opener
  2. First Aid
  3. Post Humorous
  4. Bluebird
  5. Palms
  6. My Say So (feat. Chela)
  7. Grim
  8. Antidote
  9. Medicine
  10. Swan Song
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Added on: July 5, 2020